BIG BOOST FOR SCHOOL INCLUSION

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools to build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs.

A total of 74 projects across the state will share in over $12.5 million under Round 6 of the Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green is thrilled that four of the 74 funded projects are in the Yan Yean electorate.

These include $136,000 for Wallan Secondary College, $163,000 for Upper Plenty Primary School, $193,000 for Whittlesea Primary School and $200,000 for Doreen Primary School.

Many innovative ideas have been funded, including the construction of inclusive playgrounds, as well as indoor and outdoor inclusive learning spaces. This round funds projects such as accessible wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces.

The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of all young people, including those with a disability or additional needs. This is the sixth round of funding.

Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015, more than 300 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive playgrounds have been supported.

The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students.

Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools.

More information about these projects is available at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.”

“Disability shouldn’t be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.”

“I’m so proud of the drive by schools across the Yan Yean electorate, to be inclusive and welcoming to all students, enabling all to thrive.”